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Elastogran increases its prices for polyurethane basic products and specialties in Europe with immediate effect.

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Effective 1 July 2008, or as contract terms allow, Dow Polyurethanes will increase prices in Europe for its polyols and methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDI) as well as polyurethane systems by EUR 150.00 per metric tonne.

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Effective 1 July 2008 or as existing contracts permit Perstorp will increase the price for pentaerythritol (Penta) by EUR 125.00 per metric tonne in Europe, USD 0.07 per lb in North America and USD 200.00 per metric tonne in all other markets; trimethylolpropane (TMP) by EUR 125.00 per metric tonne in Europe, USD 0.08 per lb in North America and USD 200.00 per metric tonne in all other markets.

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The global chemical company Oxea has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese company Shenyang Zhangming Chemical, Zhangyizhan, Shenyang, to form a joint venture.

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Chemtura Corporation increases prices on its range of core and performance phosphate ester flame retardants by 15 % in all regions, effective 16 June 2008, or as contract terms allow.

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Royal DSM N.V. said it has completed its purchase of biomedical polymer manufacturer Polymer Technology Group Inc..

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Evonik has announced price increases of 5-7 % for all polyurethane additives it sells in North America, effective 1 July 2008.

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Effective 16 June 2008, Bayer MaterialScience is raising its sales prices for polymeric and monomeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and MDI derivatives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

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Effective 15 June 2008, or as contract terms allow, Chemtura Corporation will increase pricing for Reofos BAPP and Reofos RDP aryl bisphosphate ester flame retardants by USD 0.65 per kilogram in all regions. Chemtura is also removing all extended price validity.

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Dow announced that the SCG-Dow Group, a JV between Dow and the Siam Cement Group (SCG), has broken ground on a propylene oxide facility in Thailand.

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